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Gravy From Scratch

This brown gravy from scratch recipe can be made with or without drippings, and is filled incredible flavors. Gravy is a must for your Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, and is paired perfectly with turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes and much more!

Believe it or not, making homemade gravy is easier than you think. If you are wondering how to make gravy from scratch…you came to the right place… and are in for a pleasant surprise!

Gravy boat filled with homemade gravy with mashed potatoes and fresh parsley in the background

Easy Homemade Gravy

As we approach the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season, I feel the need to share this ridiculously easy and delicious homemade gravy recipe with you, so you can smother it all over your Turkey and Ham!

If you are one of those people who thinks making yummy gravy from scratch is a hard task, I am making it my mission to change your mind! 😉

Here’s what we are looking at: 15 minutes, 7 ingredients, 1 pot.

Yep. You heard me right. That is all you need to make that luscious, creamy gravy from scratch that is you smother on turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and stuffing and every else in between!

I’m making this homemade gravy without drippings, and I will show you that you can actually make truly flavorful gravy without drippings.

The best part about making gravy without drippings is that you can make this it ahead of time! Which offers such flexibility when you are cooking a huge holiday meal.

If you decide you really want those drippings in there, no worries, I got you covered as well! Instructions for gravy with dripping are also included.

While my no-dripping gravy is seriously da bomb, gravy with drippings is actually super yummy and has a lot of depth in flavor. You can’t go wrong either way!

Pouring gravy unto mashed potatoes

If I am cooking for a lot of people and need to cook ahead, I like to make my gravy with no drippings. But if I have lots of time and want a more gourmet gravy, I like those drippings in there.

So in a nutshell, everything you need to know about making the best, easiest homemade gravy from scratch ever is here!

Ingredients for Gravy

Saying ‘I’m going to make gravy from scratch’ seems like a such a big deal, but here’s the thing, there’s only a few ingredients involved, and you probably already have them in your pantry!

Here’s what goes into making this easy and tasty brown gravy:

  • Salted butter (or drippings)
  • Flour
  • Chicken stock
  • Chicken bouillon
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt & pepper to taste

How to make brown gravy from scratch (without drippings)

To make homemade gravy, start by melting butter in a pot under medium low heat. Then add flour and whisk to combine.

Very quickly, add chicken stock, chicken bouillon and a little bit of Worcestershire sauce.

A bowl of potatoes with brown gravy on top

Chicken bouillon is used to add more flavor to the gravy. Worcestershire also opens up the flavors of the gravy while giving it a brown-ish color. A little bit of Worcestershire goes a long way in bringing up the flavor profile of the gravy.

Whisk continuously though the whole process! Bring to a boil and once gravy thickens to your liking, remove from heat and serve.

Tips and Tricks

A few things to take notes when you are making homemade gravy from scratch:

  • I know I am repeating myself, but using a whisk to whisk continuously throughout the cooking process is so important to smooth out gravy!
  • Adjust consistency by adding more chicken stock to make gravy thinner and flour to make gravy thicker
  • Add salt to open up flavors (if needed)

How to make gravy using drippings

Let’s talk about making gravy from scratch with drippings.

If you have drippings on hand feel free to use it instead of butter! Drippings usually carry incredible a lot of flavor and is always yummy in gravy (if you have it).

Gravy boat with brown gravy and mashed potatoes on the side

You may need less (or completely omit) chicken bouillon if using dripping. Start by adding only half of a bouillon, taste and then add more if needed.

Make Ahead Gravy

Gravy is one of those sides that you can totally make ahead for your Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, especially if you do not plan to use drippings to make it.

Refrigerate or freeze gravy in an airtight container if you are making ahead.

When reheating homemade gravy, defrost completely if frozen, then heat it in a pot under meat low heat until gravy is boiling. Add more chicken stock to thin out gravy if needed.

If you are on the fence whether to buy store bought gravy or make it from scratch…you should TOTALLY MAKE IT!

Gravy tastes so much better when they are made from scratch, it calls for pantry friendly ingredients, and is so quick and easy to make!

Don’t be intimidated by the word “from scratch”, because it is definitely not as hard as it sounds!

What to serve with gravy

Here are some yummy recipes to serve with homemade gravy:

A bowl of potatoes with brown gravy on top

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make gravy thicker?

You can 1) boil gravy for longer so it thickens, or 2) add more all purpose flour.

How do you make gravy thinner?

1) Add more chicken stock or drippings
2) Do not cook for too long. Remove from heat promptly after it reaches desired consistency so it doesn’t continues to thicken.

Can you freeze gravy?

Yes, gravy freeze well. When ready to reheat, bring it to a complete defrost and then heat in a pot or microwave. You may need to add additional chicken stock or water to thin it out slightly.

What to do if my gravy taste blend?

Add more salt to open up the flavors. If it’s still not flavorful enough, add chicken bouillon.

If you were on the fence and trying to figure out how to make gravy from scratch, I hope this helps you take the plunge on homemade gravy…because they are truly the best!

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Pouring gravy unto mashed potatoes

How to make gravy from scratch

Easy homemade brown gravy made from scratch (using drippings or without drippings)! Perfect for the holidays or dinner any day!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 74kcal
Author: MinShien


  • 6 tbsp salted butter
  • 5 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 chicken bouillon
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste


  • In a pot, melt butter on medium heat. Once butter is melted (not brown or burned), add flour.
  • Use a whisk to whisk flour and butter, then slowly add chicken stock to pot while whisking. Add chicken bouillon and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Bring to a boil, then let it simmer under medium low heat for 3-5 minutes, or until gravy thickens to desired thickness. Add more chicken stock to thin out gravy, or more flour to thicken if needed.
  • Taste gravy, and add salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Pour into gravy boat and serve! Enjoy!


To make gravy with drippings, substitute drippings for salted butter. Start with just half of a chicken bouillon and add more if needed. Salt may not be necessary as well. 


Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. I love that you don’t need pan drippings. Can I using more chicken stock instead of chicken bouillon. How much more chicken stock should I add?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I wouldn’t substitute more chicken stock for chicken bouillon because chicken bouillon is packed full of flavor whereas chicken stock does not have much flavor. Chicken bouillon brings a lot of the flavor to the gravy if you do not use drippings, so you’ll want to use that if not your gravy will be very bland.